TEMPLETON — The Eagles softball team headed on the road for its second round matchup in the division five CIF playoffs. The team lost in heartbreaking fashion to Godinez 2-1, in extra innings.
The softball team had been on a roll for the past half of the season, lead by the sophomore standout Ashley Daugherty. They came into the game against Godinez on a six game winning streak. Daugherty did all she could to help the Eagles get the win on Tuesday, but untimely errors led to the loss. Daugherty was dominant and finished the game with 7 2/3 innings pitched, and zero earned runs on the day.
“Ashley just ya know, did her thing on the mound, she pitched really well,” head coach Henry Valaau said. “Not to take anything away from the other team, they were really good hitters they just hadn’t faced a pitcher like her, she really kept them at bay.”
The Eagles made two costly errors in the eighth inning that led the Godinez eventual winning run.
“We made two errors to let runners on base, and one of them scored. Just one of those things that happens in softball,” Valaau said of the late errors. The Eagles score their only run of the game in the first inning, via an Ashley Ingle single up the gut.
The softball team hosted Alhambra high school in the first round of the CIF playoffs. The atmosphere was absolutely electric, the boys baseball team was also hosting their first round playoff game at Vineyard Elementary and the stadiums are just a stone’s throw apart. Throughout the afternoon roars from both sets of stands could be heard, followed by a stampede of parents relocating to the most exciting moment. Alhambra was out-matched from the very first pitch. The Eagles looked great on both sides of the ball, thanks in large part to Daughtery and Ashley Ingle.
Here is a fun stat from the game: Daugherty registered more RBIs in the game than runs she gave up, in one single swing. After going three up and three down in the first inning, the Eagles offense generated 13 runs in the second, and never looked back. Three of those 13 runs came via a three run homer courtesy of the starting pitcher, Daugherty. The Eagles actually hit two home-runs in the big inning, junior catcher Ashley Ingle launched a leadoff solo-shot over the left field fence to start the inning off with a bit of foreshadowing.